- The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers offers 2 courses that double as matric equivalent certificates.
- Matric equivalent certificates are a better choice for students who cannot go to university. With a matric equivalent certificate, they will learn a specialised set of skills and can start working.
- All the courses offered by ICB are scarce skills. That means that with an ICB qualification you are more likely to find employment.
Jan Badenhorst, CEO of Matric College, discusses everything you need to know about the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB)
Equivalent Certificates Offered by ICB
After completing the ICB bridging course, you can move on to study either one of these ICB matric equivalent certificates.
- Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping
- National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management
Both of these certificates offered by The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers specialise in a specific learning area whilst also acting as matric equivalent certificates.
With a matric equivalent certificate, you can go on to study some courses that would have required a matric certificate. Most NATED courses can be started with a matric equivalent certificate and are a great way to further your education.
NATED courses offer both practical and theoretical learning to give you a better chance of finding employment. With Matric College, you can choose to study any of the following NATED courses with a matric equivalent certificate:
Matric equivalent certificates are more beneficial for students who do not do well in academia. They are also a better choice for individuals who are unable to go to university.
Further Education and Training Certificate: Bookkeeping is an NQF level 4 qualification worth 130 credits. Not only is this course a qualification in bookkeeping, but it also doubles as a matric equivalent certificate.
You cannot start this certificate with no prior learning. The requirements are as follows. To apply for this matric equivalent certificate you need:
- ICB Junior Bookkeeping Certificate (A grade 10 certificate is required to apply).
National Certificate Small Business Financial Management
National Certificate: Small Business Financial Management is an NQF level 4 course worth 120 credits. This certificate also doubles as a matric equivalent certificate but is also a qualification in business financial management.
To apply for this qualification, you need to meet the following requirements:
- Grade 11 certificate
- If you do not have the above, you can apply with an NQF Level 3 certificate.
Why You Should Choose a Matric Equivalent Certificate
Matric is not everything. If you leave school after receiving your grade 10 certificate and work towards a matric equivalent, you gain more skills.
For example, if you leave school after grade 10 and further your education towards the FET bookkeeping certificate you will:
- Be able to work in a specialised field: This would not be possible with an ordinary matric certificate. This is because matric certificates are not specialised and help academic students access higher education.
- Find a job relatively easily because it is a scarce skill: Even though you have not finished high school, you will find a job relatively easily. That is because scarce skills like those offered by ICB are in high demand.
- Earn a respectable salary: Not only will scarce skills find you employment but they will also ensure that you earn a respectable salary.
- Build a successful career: Now that you have a specialised set of skills, you can start working. That means that without even finishing high school you can start building a successful career. You can also study your way to a diploma. That is only one step below a degree.
Studying a Matric Equivalent Certificate
Author: Andrea Frisby
Last Updated: Sanel Van Staden, 20 June 2021